Xi'an has a temperate and continental monsoon climate, with sharp distinctions among seasons. Summers are usually hot and wet, and winters tend to be cold and dry. Rainy season comes in July, August and September. The average yearly temperature is 56°F (13°C) and the annual rainfall is an average of 553.3 mm.
Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, was called Chang'an in ancient times. As one of China's seven ancient national capitals, it served as the capital for 12 dynasties spanning more than 1,000 years. Xi'an therefore, has a great number of precious relics and historical sites. The main tourist attractions include:
Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum -- The Terracotta Army figures excavation was regarded as one of the greatest discovery in the 20th century. It supplies abundant and real objects of military, culture and economy to the study of the history over 2000 years ago.
The Ancient City Wall -- It is the first landmark in Xian, which stretches just outside the railway station. Xi'an was originally a walled city, and even today the wall is considered a landmark dividing the city into the inner part and the outer part.
The Big Wild Goose Pagoda -- Situated in the Da Ci'en Temple, about four kilometers from the urban center, the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. The Pagoda was built in the Tang Dynasty to collect Buddhist scriptures.
Shanxi Provincial Museum -- Shanxi Provincial Museum is an epitome of Shaanxi' glamorous imperial past. Most of these relics scattering around everywhere in the region have found their way in the Shanxi Provincial Museum.
Forest of Stele Museum -- Established in 1090 during the Northern Song Dynasty, the Stele Forest in Xian is well-known nationally for a fine and large collection of more than 1, 000 inscribed stones engraved during the period of the Han to the Qing Dynasties for over 2, 000 years.
Spring and autumn are favorite times to travel to Xi'an, though generally the weather is pleasant year round.
The summers here can be very dry so eat more fresh fruits and vegetables would be good for your health, and make sure you have plenty of drinking water with you when you go sightseeing!